Two Marines walked into a bar…

…and the Sailor ducked.

Ba dum bump!

Okay, just a couple of quick announcements while I’ve got your attention.

I am overwhelmed with happiness and joy now that it is Spring, and because of all the wonderful submissions we’ve received to the Relating to Humans Women’s Issues feature in celebration of Women’s History Month. We still have a week or so to go for #WHM2016 and I am still posting to the blog all submissions received to the feature.

If you’re not sure what all this Relating to Humans stuff is all about. I attempt to explain it all here.

All RTH submissions received prior to 2016 have been moved to the RTH Archives. There is a lot of compelling reading to be found there so check it out if you have a chance.

Aurelius, Zeno, and I are vibing to some Nine Inch Nails Ghost I-IV right now, in case you were wondering.

Zeno & Aurelius rockin' the NIN... and their space heater.
Da Bro’s vibing some NIN… and their space heater.

Anyway… With just about all RTH past submissions now archived, that means there is a lot of white space for you to post your work.

We all know that the early bird gets the best spot where all the book worms like to hang out, if you know what I mean… So submit early and submit often, but only submit one article or piece at a time per feature. If you want to submit something new to a feature that you already have something submitted to, let me know and I’ll archive the old so you can share with us the new.

From now through the summer months, I plan/hope to be heavily involved with the raising of funds and then the production of my short film LEAVE out in Los Angeles. Fingers crossed.

Consequently, I am not going to have as much time to spend writing stuff here for you to read, hence the awkward necessity of this awkwardness. Consequently, I am going to be looking to your submissions to the various RTH features to pull from and post to the blog. Consequently, I am going to need you all to post a lot of compelling and awareness-raising stuff up there for me to pull from. Consequently, I am going to be adding even more features for you to submit your work to.

Can you dig it?

I’m thinking new features such as: “Health Issues,” (notice how I put that comma before the closing quotes? strange how we do it that way here in ‘Merica (prounounced: mur/e/ka) when our good friends across The Pond would put them outside the closing quotes… isn’t life wonderful with all its little peculiarities like that? though, in actuality, since I’ve now added this interesting – at least to me – parenthetical aside, I guess the comma really should go after the closing parenthesis… oh well. my blog my (broken) rules.), “Criminal Justice Issues,” and although I’m a bit hesitant about this one because I’m not totally convinced it fits comfortably with the other features but we’ll see how it goes… “Relationship Issues.”

I am going to ask/require that all human-related creative submissions, such as poetry as the primary example, be submitted only to its designated creative artsy-type feature. In other words, please submit your poems, photography, flash fiction, etc. only to its specific feature. In other words, all poems submitted to the “Women’s Issues” feature will be moved to the “Poetry” feature. To me it will be more interesting to read poetry or any other pieces submitted to the artsy-fartsy type features that cover many diverse, human-related topics in one feature. In other words, I hope I didn’t confuse you as much as I just confused myself.

April is “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” so, unfortunately, there may be opportunities to speak to that very unfortunate and sadly big issue.

Let’s start identifying “Trigger Warnings” where applicable, please. I think for a place like this those are a crucial necessity.

So… that’s about it. Please start submitting away and I will move all the submissions that move me to the blog so they can move all of us into a broader, more compassionate understanding of all that’s going on in and all around this pretty yet petulant planet of ours that we all can and do and must relate to because like it or not we are all humans and we are ultimately all related.

All** cool?


One last thing!

Have you considered donating a buck* or two to help me get my short film off the ground? If you do, I will help you promote your book, your project, or a cause your most passionate about. You can learn how here.

And if you’re a Newsletter Love subscriber, I’ll promote your work to our dedicated, and growing, newsletter group, as well.

Right on?

Write. On!

And remember…

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, vote for Trump… or stumble headfirst into bars.

For pain will surely ensue if they do.

*Paypal accepts just about all major global denominations.
**Yes, you’re right. I did use an awful lot of “alls” in this post for some reason.


20 thoughts on “Two Marines walked into a bar…”

  1. We do not say “‘Merica (prounounced: mur/e/ka).” That is a calumny of the left meant to disparage people they regard as lower in class and status. It is cheap and ignorant. On this basis alone, I take my leave of your website after only one visit.

  2. I had to read the joke three times to get it. Possibly there was a “walking into a bar” episode earlier in my life that has affected me. 😉

    And I thought you had exactly the right number of all’s.

    • And, keeping in mind that both Sailors and Marines are within the Department of the Navy and are all brothers and sisters in arms, I am curious as to how there could ever be any question and/or doubt as to my military affiliation?

      • Well, I suppose I could troll your site to find the answer, but instead, I’ll ask “How many lumps do you currently have on your forehead?” Then, I will have my answer.

        • Strange that you consider visiting a site to be trolling. Trolling usually is a term reserved for one who instigates arguments and other annoying nonsense via commenting on posts they have no business commenting on.

          • Perhaps I mean ‘troll’ as in hunker under a bridge and lure billy goats to their doom? Not that that is much better, or even what I really mean, but I refuse to give up a perfectly good Aesop’s-esque reference if I don’t have to. (Note: I’ve hit an age where my brain won’t give me the word I mean and instead hands me one that starts with the same letter or rhymes…or ends in ‘Y’. I don’t know why it does this, I suspect years of sleep deprivation have made it surly.)

    • Hi, seanknox183. Thank you for your kind comment. The film is set in the Nineties and it is about a US Warship” all-male crew’s reaction to the arrival of the ship’s first female sailors. My whole site is pretty much set up as promotion for the film so a good start to a broader understand would be here.

      Thanks again.

  3. I love that phrase “pretty yet petulant planet”. I also like to punctuate as logically as our language will permit, so I ended the previous sentence the way they do on the other side of the pond. On the other hand, why they spell “honor” with a “u” remains a mystery to me.

      • Look here Brindley, I just found you and you seem understanding and open minded. I see your pic and hope I I am not too late. I just wish you would tell the cells in your body to slow the hell down there is this woman who wants to talk with me. You know that works, it does, talking to the cells in your body. I believe you can. So I am waiting for you Brindley. my name is Charlotte

        • Hi, Charlotte. Yes, I agree talking to the body’s cells does work. I’m living proof of it. My lovely and loving wife dedicated much of her time caring for me talking to my cells. And of course I did, too. Thanks so much for the kind comment, Charlotte. I really appreciate it.


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